Spring 2016, 2018, and 2020
CHEM 590 X - Materials Characterization at Large-Scale X-ray Facilities
In this course we discover the unique properties of synchrotron radiation, which make it an indispensable tool in the exploration of matter. The wavelengths of the emitted photons from synchrotron sources span a range of dimensions from the atomic level to biological cells, thereby providing powerful probes for advanced research in materials, physical, chemical and life sciences. The course is designed to address three broad categories of synchrotron experimental measurement techniques: scattering, spectroscopy and imaging. We will survey the fundamental principles, instrumental characteristics, and many typical and current applications of these techniques with a focus on systems relevant to chemistry, materials science and physics. After attending this course you will be able to (a) recognize the advantages and limitations of synchrotron materials characterization tools, (b) choose a proper tool for a given application, and (c) know the necessary procedures to measure at large-scale X-ray facilities.
Spring 2017, Fall 2017-2020
CHEM 442 - Physical Chemistry I: Quantum Mechanics & Spectroscopy
This class introduces students to the concepts of quantum mechanics - in analogy to classical mechanics that has been covered in elementary physics classes, we will be dealing with the mechanics (motion and interaction) of subatomic particles. We will discuss the implications of quantum mechanics in real-life phenomena, and build the quantum-mechanical machinery that will help us explain experimental observations in spectroscopy and diffraction.